Jefferson Marching Band

The Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band is unlike anything you will ever do, and it is awesome!

The Jefferson Marching Band marches in a high-stepping style known as the “Big Ten” style of marching. It is noticeably different, more complicated, and much more exciting than the common ‘corps’ style of marching.

The JHS band also marches a new and unique halftime show for each home football game, learning a new show in 1-2 weeks of rehearsal, including memorizing all music, while many marching bands only perform one show their entire season. Go Jags!

JHS Marching Band members consist of students in 8th to 12th grade in Bloomington Public Schools. Musicians must be enrolled in the band or orchestra programs at their respective school. Signing up is easy. In the spring, information will be sent home with the kids and out to the parents. Simply fill out the form and send it to the JHS Bands.

Mid-summer, you will start receiving information on practice and performance schedules, fees, and everything else you will need to know to step off on the right foot to have fun.

Orchestra students can also be in the marching band by playing a woodwind or brass instrument, or play bells in the marching band. Orchestra students can contact Director Dan Fretland with questions.

The Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band has been part of JHS since the fall of 1970 when the school first opened. Most recently the marching band has performed in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Holiday Bowl & Outback Bowl Parades & Halftime Shows, the Hollywood Christmas & Waikiki Holiday Parades, & the Pearl Harbor Museum & Visitor Center.

2024 Season Notes

Click the button above to view all of the communctations sent via email (we’ll keep this up to date if you think you may have missed any information).

All of the information listed below can be found in the Planning Guide, but these specific links are separated out for quick access to the most pertinent information.

To register for Marching Band/Drumline:
  • Select Marching Band, then click the register button under “March-812 – Activity Fee”
To register for Flag Corps:
  • Select Flag Corps, then click the register button under “Flag-712”